An United Kingdom emergency medical team sent to Swaziland (eSwatini) to help in the coronavirus crisis is to extend its stay by four weeks.
UK-Med announced on Monday (1 March 2021), ‘As oxygen supplies have been a particular concern during the most recent wave, the national WHO [World Health Organisation] office and eSwatini’s Ministry of Health have asked for assistance to review and advise on a national plan for sustainable oxygen supply.’
It added, ‘Although numbers of COVID-19 cases are now low across the country, the extension will enable the team to continue to provide vital support to health services at both the regional and national levels to build the country’s preparedness for any future waves of the virus.’
The UK Emergency Medical Team has been in Swaziland since 30 January where it has been strengthening health services through specialist care, technical support and training for doctors and nurses. The international team of 11 have specialisms that include critical care, infection prevention and control, risk communications and biomedical engineering.
Over the upcoming weeks the team will continue teaching healthcare staff on case management and use of oxygen.
As of 28 February there had been 17,014 recorded cases of coronavirus and 652 deaths recorded by the Swazi Ministry of Health.
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